‘Avengers: Endgame’ fans exposed to measles at midnight premiere, LA officials say

A woman with measles went to a midnight screening of

Health officials confirm first case of measles in Orange County for 2019

The patient, the first to come down with measles this year in the county, lives in Placentia and contracted the illness when she traveled to a country with an outbreak, officials said.

Authorities say the woman attended a midnight show of the movie on April 26 at the AMC theater which is located at 1001 S. Lemon Street in Fullerton.

The New Jersey Department of Health says a New York City resident with a confirmed case of the virus may have exposed other people in Middlesex and Ocean counties, CBS New York reports.

An unidentified woman who contracted measles overseas when to a screening of the "Avengers: Endgame" last Thursday in California and potentially exposed hundreds of people to the virus.

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AMC Fullerton employee Carlee Greer-McNeill was shocked to learn about the incident.

April saw approximately 1,000 students and staff members from two Los Angeles universities be quarantined at home or on campus from a possible measles outbreak.

The woman reportedly did not know she was sick when she entered the theater.

She joins 704 cases confirmed across 22 states in 2019. Now health officials are trying to contact other moviegoers who may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease.

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Measles cases in the USA are at the highest on record "since the disease was declared eliminated nationwide in 2000", CNN reported.

Avengers: Endgame had the a historic opening at the box office - with $350 million in North America - and people flocked to theaters to see it.

The woman had recently traveled to a country with high measles activity.

Anyone who visited those spots around those time periods should review their vaccination history and monitor themselves for symptoms, which include fever, cough, a runny nose and red eyes. The Health Care Agency urges people to get vaccinated if they aren't already.

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"The MMR [measles, mumps, and rubella] vaccine is a simple, inexpensive, and very effective measure to prevent the spread of this serious virus", Quick added.

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